Baltimore's third annual festival of light, music and innovation takes over the Inner Harbor beginning Saturday, and it's hard to figure out where to start. Of course there's the big attention-grabber, the Light Art Walk, 21 gloriously and inventively illuminated installations along Pratt and Light streets, stretching from the Maryland Science Center to Harbor East. But don't forget the music, including performances from Grandmaster Flash, Tate Kobang, G. Love and Special Sauce and a host of others. There's also food, pedicab rides and, of course, Charlie the illuminated peacock. By all means, Baltimore, head toward the light. 7 p.m.-midnight Saturday and April 20-21, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. next Sunday-April 19 at the Inner Harbor. Free. lightcity.org.
Featuring sessions with keynote speaker Philip Gourevitch of The New Yorker, who will talk about "tolerance, reconciliation and living with a forgiveness on an epic scale," and Baltimore's Joanne Gabbin, founder of the Furious Flower Poetry Center, the country's first academic center for black poetry. Also a master class with model and poet Yrsa Daley-Ward, plus a Literary Marketplace with some 40 authors, literary organizations and other vendors. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday at the William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center at the University of Baltimore, 1420 N. Charles St. Free. citylitproject.org.
The genius of Berry Gordy and the talent of such superstars as Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and more made Motown the biggest thing in American music for a couple of decades, and this musical account of Gordy's life and career should help remind you why. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. next Sunday at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St. $49-$163.50. france-merrickpac.com.
Out Of Order (OOO)
Works from scores of local artists — one piece from each — will be up for auction in this 21st annual fundraiser for Maryland Art Place. And organizers promise that art can be had for "unbelievably low prices." Certainly, something here would look great on your wall. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday at 218 W. Saratoga St. $40-$45. mdartplace.org.
Racism in the Church: A Catholic Conversation
Representatives from area parishes and schools will gather to discuss "the nature of discrimination and racism; the Church's understanding of racism as a sin; tools for identifying and addressing racism; and the development of a practical action plan." With theologian, author and lecturer Greer Gordon. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Ignatius Church, 740 N Calvert St. $10-$15. murphyinitiative.org.
An evening with the co-founder and guitarist of The Kinks, the man who pretty much invented power-chord rock on "You Really Got Me." 8 p.m. Monday at Ram's Head On Stage, 33 West St. in Annapolis. $46.50. ramsheadonstage.com.
An Evening with Carl Bernstein and P.J. O'Rourke
The Pratt Library's annual gala presents two esteemed journalists, one who helped break Watergate, the other a satirist and pundit who got his start on Baltimore's '60's counterculture rag Harry, trying to wrap their heads around today's political climate. 6 p.m. Saturday at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 3800 N Charles St. $300-$600, benefits the Enoch Pratt Free Library. prattlibrary.org.
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the movie that took John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John back to high school and introduced Stockard Channing as the definitive Rizzo. It'll be as if the '50s never left us. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. today and Wednesday, 2 p.m. Saturday at area theaters. fathomevents.com.
The Coffin Daggers
Instrumental surf punk you need to hear. Also on the bill: Quattracenta, The Bali Llamas and The Phantom Killers. 9 p.m. Saturday at The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. $8. theottobar.com.
Dave Stryker Quintet
Among those joining guitarist Stryker will be saxophonist Bob Mintzer and Baltimore multi-instrumentalist Warren Wolf, newly named to the Jazz Faculty at Peabody. Thanks, Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society. 5 p.m. today at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. $10-$45. baltimorechamberjazz.org.